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Safari Elopement in Kenya: How To Plan???

We have done two safari elopements in Kenya (both in Masai Mara), one in March and one in August - and we love Kenya, one of the best countries to get eloped to and we still can't get enough of it! One of our favorite destinations for sure, but it's not easy planning an elopement or a wedding here. Nevertheless It's an amazing experience to combine your adventure elopement with a classic african safari. But there are so much more about Kenya than just safari! For ultimate guide to planning an adventure elopement in general, click the link below!

I/ How to Travel to Kenya?

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the most popular entry point into Kenya (and East Africa in general), as it’s the largest transport hub in this part of Africa, giving visitors plenty of onward travel options. You can then have land transfer with 4x4 wheels to the National Park (warning: long drive, rough road) of your choice or take a charter flight (from Wilson Airport in Nairobi) in small bush planes to many airstrips within the destination national parks. Many people also choose one way traveling by land and the other by air so they can experience both!

II/ How to Plan an elopement in Kenya?

I strongly recommend having a tour company who takes care of the logistic matters: airport transfer, private 4x4 jeep with driver, contacting tented camps and lodge, legalities (if applied), decoration, officiant... And many other small details. Or at least a coordinator. Or a camp with good customer service and dedicated general manager. It's not expensive and it's definitely worth the money and the stress you don't have to endure. Also make sure that the company has a sustainable and ethical approach when it comes to tourism. That said, we're experienced with Kenya so feel free to ask us anything!

III/ Which part in Kenya to Elope?


1. Masai Mara National Reserve

- LOCATION: 
The Masai Mara is located 270km/167mi northwest of Nairobi. The road is notoriously bad and the driving time is about five hours. Many people prefer to fly to the park. There are nine (seriously!) airstrips in and outside the park catering to the different lodges. All domestic flights, including flights to the Masai Mara, leave from Wilson Airport.

- GAME:
Kenya’s most popular safari destination because it's the most accessible & well marketed park! There are many lodges to choose, luxury & affordable & budget ones. Here you can hand down have the best game viewing experience and after two visits Masai Mara still left us speechless.

But everything comes with a price, pun intended! Masai Mara could be expensive and crowded during the peak season from July to October when millions of wild animals spend the dry season crossing and recrossing the Mara River in their search for fresh grazing, making it one of the most spectacular views on earth: The Great Migration, be it with hordes of tourists or not. 

- CLIMATE:
Within the park different climatic conditions exist. Temperatures tend to be reasonably mild. Daytime is pleasant with temperatures in the mid to upper twenties (25 °C), while it cools off significantly at night (10-13 °C).

- ACTIVITIES:
Game Viewing, Hot Air Balloon Safari, wildebeest migration, Bush Dinner...

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
$70 for adult, $40 for children (non-resident).

- WHY ELOPE IN MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE?
Accessibility, great migration, great game viewing, many lodges to choose from, mild climate.

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2. Amboseli National Park

- LOCATION: 
Getting to Meshanani Gate from Nairobi will take you about 2.5 hours, the road (228 kms) is beautiful and smooth. You can also fly to Amboseli Airstrip with Safarilink or Air Kenya (take around half an hour or so)

- GAME:
Surrounded by Mount Kilimanjaro with spectacular view, the park is home to the Big 5, and many others from the wild—cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffe, zebra, nocturnal porcupines, and about 600 varieties of birds. The park is also famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants.

- CLIMATE
Amboseli National Park is hot and dry (drier than other national parks in Kenya). During the day expect average temperatures of around 28°C/82°F and 15°C/59°F at night. Peak rainfall periods are in April and November. The ‘long rains’ usually fall from mid-March to mid-May while the ‘short rains’ are from late October to mid-December.

- ACTIVITIES:
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro - the 5,895-metre (19,341 ft) dormant volcano requires no technical skill. Climbers with a moderate level of fitness, positive attitude, and a body that adapts reasonably well to altitude have a good chance of success.

Since the region is home to the nomadic Maasai people and there are least tourists here than in Masai Mara, the Masai villages here are more authentic and genuine. Other activities include game viewing, bird viewing, hot air balloon ride.

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
$40 for adult, $20 for children (non-resident).

- WHY ELOPE IN AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK?
Short drive/flight from Nairobi, majestic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro for your ceremony, elephants, genuine Masai villages, less tourists, combining your elopement with trekking Mount Kilimanjaro...

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3. Samburu National Reserve

- LOCATION:
Samburu can be reached within 5-hour drive (345 Km) from Nairobi or on scheduled daily flights from Nairobi (45 Min), and private charter flights are allowed to use the airstrip (9km from the main gate) as well. It's situated at the southeastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

- GAME:
The reserve is famous with rare northern species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.

- CLIMATE
Hot and dry during the day, and cool during nights and evenings. Maximum temperatures around 30°C with minimum tempatures of approximately 20°C. Most rain falls between March and May, with short rains falling from November to December. July through October and January through March are mainly hot and dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve for game viewing.

- ACTIVITIES:
Safari, Bird Viewing, Visit the local Samburu villages, Climb Mount Ol Lolokwe, Singing Wells of Samburu, Lmuget Ceremony...

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
$70 for adult, $40 for children (non-resident). The park is open all year around.

- WHY ELOPE IN SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE?
The peaceful atmosphere and the authentic wilderness experience set it apart from the better-known wildlife reserves in the country. Also a heaven for those who love walking safaris!

4. Lake Nakuru National Park

- LOCATION: 
Lake Nakuru is located 155km/96mi northwest of Nairobi and 5km/3mi from Nakuru town. Nakuru is an easy destination by car via a tar road from Nairobi. There are no flights to Nakuru.

- GAME:
Nakuru National Park is a super small and compact national park but still a special one because of its shallow soda lake, which brings in hundreds of pearl-white pelicans and pink flamingos. And then there are cascading falls, endless greens, and cliffs in the background that are home to cheetahs, lions, leopards, Colombus monkeys and rhinos.

- CLIMATE:
Daytime temperatures are pleasant in the mid to upper twenties, although it is much cooler at nights. The wettest months are April and May. The rest of the year is relatively dry with some rain throughout.

- ACTIVITIES:
Exploring Rift Valley, Game Viewing, Bird Viewing, Waterfall, View Points, Cycle with Rhinos...

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES: 
$60 for adult, $35 for children (non-resident)

- WHY ELOPE IN LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK?
Good wildlife viewing, Easily accessible, Stunning Rift Valley scenery

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5. Tsavo West/East National Park

- LOCATION: 
Tsavo West is 232km/144mi from Nairobi and 250km/155mi from Mombasa and can be reached on a 3h drive from Nairobi. There are daily scheduled flight from Nairobi and also here are several airstrips connecting to the various parts of Tsavo West with charter flights. Tsavo East is in other hand, 325km/201mi from Nairobi and 250km/155mi from Mombasa with no scheduled flights but there are also airstrips for charter flights.

- GAME:
One of the oldest national parks in Kenya. Together they are 20 times bigger than Masai Mara National Reserve - and one of the least visited national parks too! Here you can see elephants crossing dirt roads, with their cubs trotting along behind them, or get a chance to feed orphan elephants and give them a bath at some resorts. If you’re lucky, you might get an up close view of lions in their habitat, or watch cape buffalos at the waterhole. Extending to over 13,747 sq. km and comprising both half-dry grasslands and savannahs, Tsavo National Park is  home to a variety of birds like the crowned crane, black kite, and the sacred ibis.

- CLIMATE:
Hot and dry. During the day, expect temperatures around 29°C/84°F, while 18°C/64°F is typical at night. Tsavo West’s altitude varies from 419 to 1,677m (1,375 to 5,502ft). Temperatures fall by roughly 6.5°C for every 1,000m you ascend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft), so there are wide climatic differences within the park. Rainfall peaks in April and November. Visit here between May and October to make the most of the trip, but the rain season from October to December could be interesting with all the greenery.

- ACTIVITIES:
Game Viewing, Bird Viewing, Walks & Hikes, Black Rhinos...

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES: 
$52 for adult, $35 for children (non-resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN TSAVO WEST / EAST NATIONAL PARK?
Great wilderness destination, beautiful landscape with Mount Kilimanjaro or other scenic landmarks like the Galana river and Taita Hills

6. Meru National Park

- LOCATION:
Access from Nairobi (348 kms) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru via Murera Gate (35 km) is 348 km from Nairobi.. The other access is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi. You can also fly with charter flights from Nairobi to main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa's Kopje airstrip.

- GAME:
Meru National Park is a beautiful park. Straddling the equator and bisected by 13 rivers and numerous mountain-fed streams, It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 1,036m on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, north east of Mount Kenya, to wide open plains with meandering riverbanks. Here you can find: lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard black rhino, zebra, gazelle, oryx and some of the rarer antelope, Lesser Kudu and duiker, also the more common Dik Dik, one of Africa’s smallest antelope. Large prides of lion can be seen and some of Kenya’s largest herds of buffalo. The rivers abound with hippo and crocodile, barbus and catfish. Also over 300 species of birds have been recorded. 

- CLIMATE:
Parks are part of Semi-arid zone and have irregular rainfalls. Wet seasons are April- June and November- December. Rainfall is 635-762mm in the west and 305-356mm in the east

- ACTIVITIES:
Camping, Game viewing, landscape, Birds Viewing, Rivers and riverine habitats, Adamson's falls, Views of Mt Kenya

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
$52 for adult, $35 for children (non-resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN MERU NATIONAL PARK:
Meru National Park fell off the tourist map and has never quite managed to get back on. This is a pity, because it has all the essential ingredients for a classic safari destination, with some fine accommodation, excellent game viewing, stunning landscape with green hills, arid, Tsavo-like savannah and fast-flowing streams bordered by riverine forests, baobab trees and doum palms. The advantage of being one of Kenya's best-kept secrets is plain to see – you're likely to have much of it all to yourself.

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7. Lake Naivasha National Park

- LOCATION:
Naivasha located in central Kenya is only 15 minutes flight or a two-hour drive from Nairobi (around 100km).

- GAME:
Lake Naivasha is one of the primary drinking holes for buffalos, zebras, elands, impalas, waterbucks and other grazers, as well as a favorite place for hippos to cool themselves during the day. Take a night game drive on one of the surrounding private conservancies like Loldia and Oserian, and you will see these incredible animals slowly emerge from their wallowing sites in the lake to grass along the shores. On your game drive, you may also see the other plains and forest fauna including the elusive leopard.

- CLIMATE:
Both the long dry season and long rainy season, though, have advantages and disadvantages. Wildlife viewing is finest during the long, cool-dry season, and the lack of rainfall also means that roads and trails are in good condition for your exploratory Lake Naivasha tour activities. The flora, though, may be less vibrant and lush than during the rainy.

- ACTIVITIES:
Camping, Game viewing, Landscape, excellent Birds Viewing, hiking, rock climbing, biking, Hell's Gate National Park day trip, Boat Excursion, horseback riding, community visits, flower farm trip visits, tours of Elsamere

- PARK ENTRANCE FEES:
N/A

- WHY TO ELOPE IN MERU NATIONAL PARK:
Super accessible so if you're planning a small, intimate wedding instead of elopement it could be easy for some guests (children, elders...). Peaceful wilderness, abundant in wildlife, plenty of unique safari experiences & other activities for families and couples... All in all, it's a place for relaxing and recharging the batteries.

8. Aberdare National Park

- LOCATION: 
Aberdare National Park is located 160km/100mi north of Nairobi and 20km/13mi southwest of Nanyuki. The drive from Nairobi takes about two and a half to three hours. There are daily scheduled flights to the Nanyuki airstrip.

- GAME: 
Aberdare National Park is home to all of the Big Five. However, it is not a typical Big Five destination. Sightings of elephant and buffalo are almost guaranteed. Leopard and black rhino are sometimes spotted at one of the tree hotel’s floodlit waterholes at night. More interesting are the forest species that can be found, including several primates such as the black-and-white colobus monkey, sykes monkey, and the nocturnal greater galago. Bushbuck and defassa waterbuck are almost permanently present at the waterholes.

- CLIMATE: 
The altitude in the Aberdares varies widely – from 1,952 to 3,894m (6,404 to 12,776ft). Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1,000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft), so even within the park there are wide climatic variations. The climate is usually cool and misty (under 20 Celsius). Heavy rain occurs year-round.

- ACTIVITIES:
Game Viewing, Hiking,...

- PARK ENTREE FEES:
US$40, children US$20 (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK?
Beautiful landscape, most unspoiled forest parks. Tree hotels are designed for guests to observe wildlife coming to the waterhole, hiking...

Vivian + Andy

9. Chyulu Hills National Park

- LOCATION: 
200km south-east of Nairobi. Driving is possible although the road is bad. There are 2 airstrips in this area for charter flights.

- GAME: 
There isn’t much wildlife around and due to cattle and poaching they're pretty shy. But the volcanoes landscape is stunning.

- CLIMATE:
Temp ranges from 20-30C and rainfall from 200mm-700mm. There are two rain seasons: long in March and April and Short in November- December.

- ACTIVITIES:
Game Viewing, Hiking Horse riding, camping, mountain climbing and bird watching, Leviathan caves...

- PARK ENTREE FEES:
$25 Adults, 15$ Children (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK?
Beautiful landscape, Hiking, Climbing, Un-touristy, off-the-beaten track destination...

10. Mount Kenya National Park

- LOCATION:
175 Kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru or via Chogoria on the Embu - Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi. The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki

- GAME: 
Include Elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animals rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog. Over 130 bird species have been recorded.

- CLIMATE:
The best time of year to attempt the Mount Kenya climb is from the middle of January till the end of February and between August and the end of September. The climate in the park varies dramatically as you ascend the mountain. There can be vast changes in temperature between the day and night, with temperatures dropping to about 4 °C. Mount Kenya is generally very wet and is a watershed that provides water for large parts of Kenya. Like the rest of the country, as it is situated within the tropics, it receives two wet seasons and two dry seasons.

- ACTIVITIES: Game Viewing, camping, mountain climbing and bird watching, caving...

- PARK ENTREE FEES:
$52 Adults, 26$ Children (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN Mount Kenya National Park?
Africa’s second highest peak is located at 5,199 meters above sea level and is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Mount Kenya is stunning, although not the best (and classic) destination for safari, it offers diverse landscapes, wilderness and wildlife. You can take a helicopter to one of the peaks, see the permanent glacier at the top, camping, caving, as well as forests and hot springs. This is the perfect destination for climbers and those looking for a change of scenery with pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation..

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11. Ol Pejeta Conservancy

- LOCATION:
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 364sq km wildlife conservancy situated between the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares and its game-to-area ratio tops the Kenyan park and reserve league. The main gate into Ol Pejeta for visitors is the Rongai gate to the east of the Conservancy, which lies at the end of the road from Nanyuki town. Visitors can also enter via Serat Gate on the Rumuruti road. The drive to Ol Pejeta from Nairobi takes about 3-4 hours. The road from Nairobi to Nanyuki is tarmacked, and the last 13 kilometres to Ol Pejeta is dirt. There are also daily scheduled flights from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Nanyuki airstrip, which is a 45 minute drive from Ol Pejeta.

- GAME: 
Safari by vehicle is not the only option at Ol Pejeta. Safari game walks, horse rides and even camel rides are available, as are safari night drives.

- CLIMATE:
The high altitude of Ol Pejeta means the climate is cooler than otherwise would be expected this close to the equator. Temperatures are fairly constant all year – during the day, it creeps into the mid-twenties, while nights are far cooler. Dry Season (June-September), Temperatures of around 24°C/75°F (10°C/50°F nighttime)while during Wet Season the temperature in the afternoon averages a very pleasant 25°C/77°F (C/48°F night time).

- ACTIVITIES:
Horseriding, Running with rangers, Cycling safaris, Nanyuki market day, Wildlife, Livestock integration, Cultural & community visits, Lion tracking, Walking Safari, Game Drive, Chimpanzee Sanctuary, 

- PARK ENTREE FEES:

$90 Adults, 45$ Children (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN Ol Pejeta Conservancy?
Ol Pejeta is one of the prime sanctuaries of Laikipia Plateau and all of the Big Five are present, therefore offers excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities, Great sightings of black and white rhino plus Stunning views of Mount Kenya + diverse sceneries of a larger ecosystem...

13. Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy

- LOCATION:
Schedule flights to Nanyuki departing daily from Wilson Airport -  Private Charter to Namunyak airstrip - By Road via Archer’s Post – six hour drive from Nairobi.

- GAME: 
A safe home for African wild dogs, grevy’s zebras, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes, de brazza colobus monkeys and other endangered species. The conservancy is also experiencing a steady increase in populations of kudus, elephants, buffalos, and other herbivores, as well as rising numbers of leopards, lions and other predators. The migration corridor of the Samburu-Laikipia elephants also traverses part of the conservancy, connecting the national reserves in the south with other remote conservancies and the Matthews Mountain Range in the north and east.

- CLIMATE:
Average temperatures in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy vary very little (80.4°F / 26.9°C at the highest). Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year.

- ACTIVITIES:
Escorted bush walks, local Namunyak community, game drive, hiking into the Mathews forest, Climbing to the top of Lolokwe with donkeys, Fly camping safaris with camels along the wide sand ‘luggas’, Visits to the Samburu Singing wells (only in the dry season)

- PARK ENTREE FEES:
$25 Adults, 15$ Children (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy?
Namunyak is a truly un-spoiled, remote wilderness conservation area with very very few roads.

14. Sibiloi National Park

- LOCATION:
800km North of Nairobi, three day drive via Marsabit and North Horr, or Maralal and South Horr. There are 2 all weather airstrips in the park. Other airstrips are also found in Marsabit, Loiyangalani, Kalokol, North Horr and Lodwar. Commercial flights however only operate on the Lodwar airstrip.

- GAME:
Animals that can live in arid conditions, such as Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Gerenuk and greater Kudu, are present in the park. Other species include a comprehensive range of predators namely Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Striped and Spotted Hyena, Jackal and Caracal to name a few. Central Island is a major breeding ground for Nile Crocodile. Birdlife is prolific with more than 300 species recorded around Lake Turkana.

- CLIMATE:
Scorching hot and arid (especially December- March). June and July are the coolest months. May- September very strong winds blow both morning and evening. Rainfall less than 250mm p.a. and in some places it may not rain for several years.

- ACTIVITIES:
Game Drive, Bird Watching, Fishing, Archeological Safari, Camping,

- PARK ENTREE FEES:
$25 Adults, 15$ Children (Non-Resident)

- WHY TO ELOPE IN Sibiloi National Park?
The land is beautiful in its way even though it is so very dry. It is a wilderness made up of the lake shore, savannah, volcanic terrain and riverine forest. The Sibiloi National Park was created to protect the fairly recently found fossil sites, that have contributed more to our understanding of human evolution than any other area on the planet so far.

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IV/ What to Pack for Wedding in Kenya?

For styling inspiration (aesthetic wise, safari outfit, elopement attires), you can check the two links above.

What else to pack? Of course it will depend on when are you going to visit but the rule of thumb for East Africa Safari: June to October is the best time to visit. However if you're visiting during the rain season, it can be hot, humid and rainy in some regions.

- Warm Layers for chilly morning game drive, evenings and nights: scarf, jumper, light down jacket...

- Layering & lightweight, earth-tone gears are the way to go.

- 3-4 T-shirts / 2 long-sleeve shirts / 1 sweatshirt or fleece jacket

- Avoid black & blue color since they attract tsetse flies and add unnecessary heat.

- Rain jacket (in rain season, but from my experience most of the camps have them if you want to save weight)

- 2 pairs of cotton trousers/pants (with zip-off function would be the best)

- 3-4 pairs of socks, 3-4 pairs of underwear, Sport bra.

- Comfortable Shoes (hiking boots is recommended!), 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals (for wearing around camp)!

- Hat, Sunglasses & Sunscreen

- Toiletries & basic first aid kit (painkiller, other pills, bandage...)

- Chargers & right adapters, Powerbank...

- Binoculars (but usually camps have them)

- For small, domestic flight and bush-flight planes you’ll often find strict weight restrictions (around 15 kilograms / 33 lbs in total, inclusive of hand luggage), and luggage is limited to soft-sided pieces such as duffle bag, travel backpack.... Pro Tip: use packing cubes to pack clothes is something we can't miss!

Pack For Purpose. Supplies that will help these projects (usually school supplies, medication or clothing...), something they truly need and not just anything to boost our moral compass.

- Passport, vaccination certification for yellow fever, travel insurance...

V/ Kenya Elopement Itineraries

The itinerary below is an example that we have worked with the tour agency to plan Vivian & Andy's safari elopement in Masai Mara in August.


26.8
Land in Nairobi. Checked in Hotel. Have some rest.

27.8
- Early Morning Air Transfer to Masai Mara .
- Afternoon Game Drive
- Dinner / Overnight / Rest at Camp. When have time, shoot some in the lounge in private wing.

28.8
- Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Safari (Picked up at camp at 5am and transferred to the site). Balloon takes off between 0600hrs – 0615hrs for another approx.. 1 hour. Follow by bush breakfast after landing.
- Game Drive
- Early Lunch at around 11am?
- Shooting you getting ready (Hair, make-up, getting dressed - you and Andy in separate tent, Andy can get ready in mine): 13H to 14h Andy can get ready in the guide tent with the photographer?
- First Look when Andy seeing you in the wedding dress the first time: somewhere outside close to the camp, either with some wide open view or by the Mara River.
- 14:15-14:50: Couple Portraits around Camp, inside, outside, at lounge...
- Move to Ceremony Location. We need to find a beautiful spot. Remember to ask the camp to see if they have any suggestion? I already have in mind a spot with wide open view, a bit of the mountain/hill in the background and a tree for you to do the ceremony under/near by.
- Ceremony: 16h to 16:30
- Romantic Dinner in the nearby: 17:30 to 19h. Sun goes down at 18:47 so this is the perfect timing. Something chic, safari style, romantic but not cheesy.

29.8
Air Transfer back to Nairobi. For a general guide of how to plan an adventure elopement itinerary click the link below!

VI/ Recommended tented Camps/Lodges for Elopement/Wedding in Kenya

- Governor's Camp

- Sarara Camp

- andBeyond Bateleur Camp

- Ol Donyo Lodge

- Mara Plains Camp

- Mahali Mzuri

- Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp

- Naibor Camp

- Elsa’s Kopje

- Campi Ya Kanzi

- Sanctuary Olonana Camp

- Elephant Pepper Camp

- Tortilis Camp

- Samburu Intrepids

- Waterlovers Beach Resort

- Sasaab

- Cottars 1920s Mara Safari Camp

- Sweetwaters Serena Camp

- Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu

Olare Mara Kempinski

- Sand River Maasai Mara Camp

- Ol Jogi Ranch

- Finch Hattons Luxury Camp

- Borana Lodge, Laikipia

- Rusinga Island Lodge, Lake Victoria

- The Sleeping Warrior Lodge, Elementaita

- Naboisho Camp

For an ultimate wilderness retreat around the world list take a look at the link below!

VII/ Legalities

You can get married legally in Kenya as foreigners. Required documents:

• Valid passports (Copies and Original)

• Passport size photos (Coloured)

• Birth certificates (Copies and Original)

• Prove of no impediment to marriage through:
    ➢ Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage.
    ➢ Death Certificate. (In the case of widowed person) - Copy and original
    ➢ Divorce Decree Absolute/Decree Nisi. (In the case of divorce person indicating current status) - Copy and original
    ➢ In the event the Divorce decree is more than a year old or a death certificate that is more than 2 years old, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

• Return air ticket/Visa/Work permit

• Copy of Minister of Faith’s license to officiate and serial number of the marriage book to be used

• Wedding invitation card

• BOTH PARTIES TO APPEAR before the Registrar when applying

• Fee is Kshs. 14,200.00 ($140) if wedding is being conducted in a licensed place of worship and Kshs. 21,200.00 ($209) if the wedding takes place in a garden.

Otherwise you can always opt to having a symbolic elopement in Kenya and then legalities back home taken care of.

VIII / Visa Policy of Kenya

Citizens of the following 43 countries can visit Kenya with no visa for stays up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted): Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (30 days), Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa (30 days), Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Citizens of other countries can apply for an E-visa or visa on arrival with the exception of the following countries and territories. They are required a visa that cannot be obtained online but instead the application is referred to the Director of Immigration services for processing and approval: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Iraq, North Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Yemen

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VIII / Other things to Know Before Traveling to Kenya

- Sunrise or Sunset Ceremony? Both of them are stunning but logistically, if you're planning your elopement in one of the national parks, sunset is the way to go!

- Stay inside or outside of the national parks? Inside! The lodges and tented camps are significantly more expensive but it's all worth it.

- Is Kenya safe? Hell yes, due to some unfortunate terrorist activity in the past, international tourists have shied away from visiting Kenya over the last decade but, please do not let this put you off visiting Kenya. In my experience, this country is incredibly safe for foreign visitors!!! Polices are everywhere, security runs high even at small shops in Nairobi and people are friendly.

- If you have time, try the train to Mombasa from Nairobi. Once one of the most romantic train journeys in Africa, the old overnight version has now been replaced by a high-speed model! First class cabins are quite cheap.

- The traffic in Nairobi is horrendous!

- 99.9% of people we talked to in the last two trips do speak English since English is one of the two official languages (with the other being Swahili).

- Travel insurance is highly recommended but that's common sense regardless where you travel to. You may also want to consider getting your yellow fever certificate before travelling to Kenya.

- Most safaris are all-inclusive when it comes to food and drink, but you’ll still need cash ($200-300 per week per person) for certain activities, local purchases and tipping.

- Driving around National Parks is no joke! So the best way to get around is to hire a car and driver for the entire journey.

- Don't step out of the safari vehicle unless you're allowed by your driver/guide

- For sim card, you can find the following main provider: Safaricom, Airtel, Telkom with Safaricocm is supposed to be the most reliable.

- Most Kenyans follow Christianity. 45 percent declare themselves Protestant and 33 percent Roman Catholic. Kenya also has a large Hindu population as well as many Muslims and followers of indigenous beliefs.


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